"Like Water," which opened June 1, follows Anderson Silva as he prepared to defend his UFC middleweight title. With intimate access to Silva and his intense training, the surprising and inspiring man behind one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time emerges.
We had the opportunity to ask him about the filming.
What did you think when they approached you with the idea?
Silva: I liked the idea very much. It’s important to be open to differentopportunities that are not always common.
How did the filming impact you during training?
Silva: It didn’t impact me that much. The director (Pablo Croce) was very smartand respectful. He gave me my space to focus and prepare. He made it veryeasy for me to adjust to the cameras.
When the camera is rolling so much, what is your mental approach?
Silva: After a while you tend to forget the cameras are rolling. I had a greatrelationship with the director because he could automatically understood where mymind was so he was able to capture candid and real emotion without beinginvasive.
If you watched it before it was released, what did you think?
Silva: Yes, I’ve seen the film, and I loved how it turned out. It was amazing howthey turned real life into art.
What was the most memorable aspect of the filming?
Silva: It was very special for me to be able to include my family in thedocumentary. It’s very difficult being away from them for so long. To see my momon the camera in the end meant the world to me.
Although this was a documentary, can you envision a time when films mayplay a greater role in your life?
Silva: For me, this documentary was a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to open my camp to training. This film was very well done and made with love. I am looking to take some acting classes to help me perform in the future. It’s definitely something I’m interested in pursuing.
NOTE: The full story is in the August issue.